Artist, Carmel community collaborate to create mosaic, benefit nonprofit

Chris Kus, right, and Nancy Keating pause by the mosaic. (Photo by Anna Skinner)
Chris Kus, right, and Nancy Keating pause by the mosaic. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

By Anna Skinner

During the Second Saturday Gallery walks in the Carmel Arts and Design District, attendees may have seen colored glass shards glittering from a work space in a breezeway to the east of Auntie Em’s at 111 W. Main St.

Nancy Keating, a contemporary mosaic artist who teaches Mosaics and Wine at SoHo Gallery and who also is an artist at Artsplash Gallery, designed a community mosaic project for amateurs and professionals alike to pitch in to create a series of four glass mosaics resembling colored patchwork quilts. The mosaics will be auctioned off in September, and the profits will benefit a local Hamilton County charity.

The second free workshop was held July 9 during the monthly Second Saturday Gallery Walk. The third, and last, workshop will be 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13.

“I designed this (project) so amateurs and whoever wants to stop by can chip in and lend a hand,” Keating said. “It’s supposed to look like a patchwork quilt. The design is also simple, so everybody can have a fun time doing something that’s not complicated but will look fabulous when finished.”

Keating does not create the mosaics for the community project except to grout the glass when it is finished. She also cuts the glass into small pieces.

So far, approximately 50 community members have participated in creating the mosaic. Some participants have returned to work on the mosaic project multiple times.

“Everybody’s own creativity comes out. They get to choose their own colors and combinations, so you can see the variety of creativity which I think is beautiful,” Keating said.

Keating said the glass used in the mosaic is reflective and saturated with color. The nonprofit that will benefit from the mosaic auction has not yet been named.

Work on the mosaic

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13.

Where: In the alcove east of Auntie Em’s at 111 W. Main St., Carmel.

Cost: Free.